down but not out


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down but not out

Experiencing difficulties, but not ones that are completely overwhelming or hopeless. Yes, I got fired from my job, but I refuse to feel sorry for myself. The way I see it, I'm down but not out. The home team is down but not out. If they can get a touchdown in the next two minutes, they'll be able to tie the game.
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